Tag

Tag is a movie about grown men playing tag. They’ve played every month of May for the past 30 years, since they were kids. They’re crazy competitive about it, and it rankles that Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is the only one who’s never EVER been tagged. Not once. In 30 years. But this May Jerry’s getting married, and that seems to the rest of the gang (Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm) like the perfect opportunity to finally make him IT.

This movie is based on a true story, which sounds absurd except I knew a couple of brothers who did something similar – they played a game they dubbed Touch You Last (you can probably extrapolate what it involves) throughout their adulthood. In MV5BMjNjYzVkNmMtY2VhNC00ZDg2LTlkNmItMzYzOTI4NzIwYTQ5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjMxMjkwMDg@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1333,1000_AL_the movie, the guys find it a good excuse to get together and stay close well past the time that most friendships fall to the way side. Wives and girlfriends (Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Isla Fisher) are not allowed to play because they made the rules when they were 9 (no girls allowed) but over the years the game has been mythic and this year a reporter from The Wall Street Journal is following them around so the stakes are extra extra high and nothing, believe me NOTHING, is sacred.

The film is a mashup between comedy (hit or miss) and absurd and insane stunts that no grown, sane man should attempt in the name of a game of tag, or ever, unless a bear is chasing you AND you owe that bear money AND that bear has ties to organized crime AND your hair is on fire.

The script isn’t overly strong but there’s a lot of funny people in this (I might give the win to Hannibal Buress, who delivers a straight-faced one-liner like nobody’s business) so it does have its moments. It’s just not in danger for being mistaken for a classic, or, you know, an actual good movie. Which is not to say it’s bad. It’s just pretty content to be a medium-funny diversion which you may or may not wait to see as a rental rather than in theatres, where you damn well better make me laugh out loud.

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16 thoughts on “Tag

  1. Carrie Rubin

    Reading this makes me feel a little better about seeing it (if I decide to), because I kept wondering how such a flimsy premise could support a whole movie. Definitely a great cast though.

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  2. Birgit

    I want to see this because it sounds…stupid but I like stupid sometimes and I like Jeremy Renner. In the 2 MI movies he was in, he was actually quite funny especially with Simon Pegg, so I wish he was given a good comedy to showcase his comedic skills

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  3. J.

    Aye, I saw the trailer when I went to see Deadpool 2 and thought “aye, I’ll keep an eye on Netflix for this one at some point”. Funny enough, but not spectacular funny.

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  4. peggyatthemovies

    Oddly enough, I got a email from WB stating there would be no All Media Screenings of this one – which then of course screamed to me..I am a horrible movie- do not see. Good to see it isn’t terrible..though it begs the question of why no screening to me. hmmm..

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  5. Liz A.

    When I heard the premise of this, I knew it was a skip. I don’t think I even saw a trailer, only a blurb in a magazine or something.

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